Simple Measurement of Alcohol Content with an Infrared Camera

Title: One-Shot, reagent-free determination of the alcoholic content of distilled beverages by thermal infrared enthalpimetry Authors: Juliano Barin et. al. Publication Info: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.talanta.2017.05.011 During the manufacture of chemical products, the ability to rapidly and accurately monitoring the concentrations of various components is critical.  For the alcoholic beverage industry, timely and accurate measurement of alcohol content is essential.... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving chemistry- cranberries and your blood

To do the biological study of how particular (good) chemicals like antioxidants affect people, there needs to be a quick, reliable, and consistent way to measure those chemicals in humans. Furthermore, a good method would test for multiple chemicals, because the health benefits from some chemicals only exist in the presence of others (phenolic acids and flavonoids in this case). The authors of this paper demonstrate a gas-chromatography mass-spectrometry (GC-MS) method to investigate how some of the chemicals present in cranberries (from cranberry juice) go into your bloodstream after you ingest them.

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